Professors to Avoid
Campus Watch is often asked which professors are most responsible for the politicization and bias sadly endemic to Middle East studies.
Given the discipline's decline, compiling an inclusive list would be futile. Hundreds of names could be credibly included, but even such a list would surely omit some while failing to highlight those most responsible for the field's general decline into a mockery of academe's purpose and aspirations.
In this spirit, we have selected those professors whose biases, ahistorical claims, apologetics, willful blindness, intolerance of opposing views, and mixing of politics and scholarship mark them as the most egregious offenders of the high standards to which faculty should be held.
For a listing of the field's outstanding figures, please go to the parallel page, "Recommended Professors."
Senior Scholar, Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative
Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies/Race and Resistance Studies
San Francisco State University
Listed academic expertise: Palestine, Arab, and Muslim communities; race and resistance studies; transnational feminisms; gender and sexuality studies.
Khaled Abou El Fadl
Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Professor of Law
Chair, Islamic Studies Interdepartmental Program
University of California, Los Angeles
Listed academic expertise: International human rights; Islamic jurisprudence; national security law; law and terrorism; Islam and human rights; political asylum; political crimes and legal systems.
Senior Lecturer, Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora
Lecturer, American Studies
Listed academic expertise: colonialism and decolonization; race and racial politics; gender and sexuality; Arab and Muslim Americans; policing and urban protest.
Nadia Abu El-Haj
Professor of Anthropology
Co-director, Center for Palestine Studies
Listed academic expertise: archaeology, genetic anthropology.
Professor of Political Science
California State University, Stanislaus
Listed academic expertise: comparative politics of the Middle East; gender and sexuality in the Middle East; politics of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science
Professor of Anthropology and Women's and Gender Studies
Listed academic expertise: gender politics and nationalism in the Muslim world; liberalism, culture, and the politics of human and women's rights.
Professor of Religion and Professor of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS)
Listed academic expertise: Jews and Arabs, political theology, race and religion, Christianity, Jewish thought, rhetorical exertion, continental philosophy.
Professor of Creative Writing
University of California, Riverside
Listed academic expertise: religion, theology, fiction, sociology.
Director, Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project
Lecturer in Arabic, Department of Near Eastern Studies
University of California, Berkeley
Co-founder and Assistant Professor of Islamic Law and Theology
Listed academic expertise: Arabic language, Arab society and culture, colonialism and post-colonial studies, ethnic studies, Islamic studies, Islamic law, Palestine studies.
Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History
Listed academic expertise: workers, peasants, and minorities in the modern Middle East; Israel, Palestine, Arab-Israeli conflict.
Jonathan A. Brown
Associate Professor, Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization
School of Foreign Service
Listed academic expertise: Hadith, Islamic law, Salafism, Sufism, Arabic lexical theory, and Pre-Islamic poetry.
Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History
University of Michigan
Listed academic expertise: modern history of the Middle East; America and Middle Eastern wars; religion in South Asia; Shia Islam: Iran, Iraq and India; Bahá'í studies.
Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies
Listed academic expertise: modern Arab literature, culture and politics, antiquities.
Lecturer, Department of Sociology
Listed academic expertise: Muslims in the United States, "Islamophobia," Christian-Muslim relations, Muhammad, American national identity, religious pluralism, diaspora.
Braxton Craven Distinguished Professor Emerita of Arab Cultures
Listed academic expertise: Arabic, 20th century, criticism, feminist theory, comparative literature.
Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature
Listed academic expertise: Iranian studies, Iranian cinema.
Mahmoud Darwish Professor of Palestinian Studies
Founding Director, Center for Middle East Studies
Listed areas of expertise: the social, economic, and legal history of Eastern Mediterranean, displacement, academic freedom, the ethics and politics of knowledge production, and the Palestinian condition.
Assistant Professor of Africana Studies
Program in Criminal Justice
Listed academic expertise: human rights law, humanitarian law, national security law, refugee law, social justice, and critical race theory.
University Professor, Professor of Religion and International Affairs, Professor of Islamic Studies
Founding Director, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding
Project Director, Bridge Initiative
Listed academic expertise: Islam, Islam and politics, Islamophobia, Muslim-Christian relations, religion, violence and terrorism.
Professor of History
University of California, Los Angeles
Listed academic expertise: social and cultural history of the modern Middle East, particularly Greater Syria, during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Todd H. Green
Associate Professor of Religion
Listed academic expertise: "Islamophobia," U.S. and European religious history, Muslim minority communities.
King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture
Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity
University of Southern California
Listed academic expertise: classical Islamic Studies, including law, theology and intellectual history; modern Islam in the West; Muslim communities in America.
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Listed academic expertise: race, immigration, inequality, "Islamophobia," social theory.
Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies
Listed academic expertise: Middle Eastern history; the United States, the Middle East and the Cold War; Islamic movements in the modern Middle East; Orientalism; modern history of Palestine; nationalism in the Arab world.
Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations
Founding Director, Islamic Studies Program
University of Delaware
Listed academic expertise: American Muslims, foreign policy, international relations, Muslims in the West, national security, Pakistan, political Islam.
Professor of Journalism and Media Studies
Listed academic expertise: Islamophobia, political Islam, empire, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and South Asia, the Arab Spring, women and Islam.
Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History
University of California, Irvine
Listed academic expertise: Middle East history, cultures and religions of the modern Middle East, globalization, the role of music in political struggles, culture jamming, critical theory.
Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, and History
New York University
Listed academic expertise: socioeconomic, cultural and political history of the modern Middle East, particularly the Mashriq.
Bess W. Heyman Professor of Political Science
University of Pennsylvania
Listed academic expertise: comparative politics, international politics, Middle Eastern politics, agent-based, computer assisted modeling for the social sciences.
Professor of English and Comparative Literature
University of California, Los Angeles
Listed academic expertise: British Romanticism, imperial culture, colonial and postcolonial theory and criticism, cultures of urban modernity, contemporary Arab politics and culture.
Herbert Lehman Professor of Government
Professor of Anthropology, Political Science, and African Studies
Listed academic expertise: the study of Africa; the modern state and the colonial subject; the Cold War and the Third World; the theory, history, and practice of human rights; civil wars and the state in Africa.
Professor of Modern Arab Politics and Intellectual History
Listed academic expertise: Palestinian, Jordanian, and Israeli nationalism; theories of identity and culture; theories of nationalism, sexuality, race and religion.
Professor of Islamic Studies
London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies
Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada
Listed academic expertise: Islamic studies; classical Islamic thought, culture and practices; Islamic ethics; interpreting the Qur'an.
William B. Ransford Professor of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Listed academic expertise: modern Arab history and politics, the history of economic knowledge, energy politics and world history.
Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Listed academic expertise: critical ethnic studies, cultural studies, feminist globalization studies, immigration and diasporas, queer studies, sexualities studies.
Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Listed academic expertise: Islamic mysticism (Sufism), contemporary Islamic thought, medieval Islamic history.
Associate Professor of Languages and Literature
Listed academic expertise: Islam, Muslims in China and the West, Muslim women.
Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Co-director of the Middle East Center
Listed academic expertise: Egyptian society and culture, Islam, politics in the Middle East.
Professor of History and Middle Eastern Studies
Listed academic expertise: the Arab world in the Ottoman period, women and gender in Middle East history, and Islamic law, women, and gender.